Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert Review and Recipes

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Title- Bayou Shadow Hunter

Author- Debbie Hebert

Links –Amazon Barnes and Noble Audible

synopsis

HOT, SULTRY, DEADLY… THESE ARE THE SECRETS THAT LURK IN THE BAYOU.

Bent on revenge, Native American Shadow Hunter Tombi Silver could turn to only one woman, the “witch” Annie Matthews, for help. Her ability to hear auras had allowed her to discover Tombi’s friend mystically trapped by forces that could destroy them all. The accompanying message of a traitor in their midst meant Tombi could trust no one. Dare he bring Annie along on his quest to fight shadow spirits? Putting his faith in someone outside his tribe, especially one who pulled at his tightly controlled desires, could prove just as dangerous as his mission…

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Reviewed by Crystal

Annie has a special gift that has tormented her all her life making her an outcast where ever she goes. When her ailing grandmother is in need of her help she comes down to the bayou for the summer not knowing how not only important her gift is but how it will be the key to her happiness.

Tombi is a hunter and puts the hunt and his responsibilities to his people and the fight against evil above all. Unsure as to how his group of hunters will be able to defeat the evil that plagues the bayou he meets Annie whose gift might be exactly the advantage needed to win this battle once and for all,

I really enjoyed this book that had the perfect amounts of paranormal and romance without it being shoved down your throats which is very hard to achieve and my hat goes off to the author!.I love that Annie is at first portrayed as weak young and naive but we watch her grow into this strong and fearless woman who does some of the rescuing and is not always the one being rescued. I also love how tough and reserved Tombi is at first maybe a bit too much at first but then becomes this tender loving and fiercely loyal (to Annie) hero who isn’t afraid to ask for help.

To me Annie and Tombi are each others ying and yang and balance each other out and I can only wish to find a love as strong as theirs- The kind that sneaks up on you and never lets go. I really love reading this by the pool and watching all the characters grow and the mystery of who the traitor was delicious!

I give this wonderful book 5 out of 5 Cupcakes!

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Malibu Soaked Coconut Cream Cake

Ok so I wanted to do a semi home made take on this recipe to make it easier and more obtainable for everyone! This is inspired by the very first meal that Tombi and Annie have together. After reading that scene all I wanted was some coconut cake. Ok one thing I should tell you is I soaked my cakes over night-so this is a plan ahead dessert.

Ingredients

1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix

1 egg

1 Tbl spoon Coconut oil

1/2 Tbl spoon of Almond Extract

1 Cup Coconut milk

Half a cup of Malibu Coconut Rum

Frosting

1 10 ounce package of whipped Cream Cheese

3 cups shredded coconut flakes (divided into 2)

1/2 stick of butter softened

3 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted

1 tablespoon malibu

Bake cake as directed being sure to replace water with coconut milk and vegetable oil with coconut oil. (I used 2- 8 inch spring pans )

Once cakes are done I then spooned (while they are still in pans) malibu over the cakes making sure to get every inch – don’t worry about the liquid that seeps to the side that iss actually great to get the driest parts soaked. I then refrigerated the cakes over night..

Frosting-

You WILL need a mixer for this frosting to be smooth and fluffy- a hand mixer is fine. Mix cream cheese, butter and rum until smooth. Slowly sift in powdered sugar making sure to blend out any lumps. Once sugar is fully Incorporated mix in half of coconut flakes. Frosting may seem a bit runny and it is fine to chill it for a bit. The rest of the coconut is going to be toasted in a non stick pan to use for the sides and to add texture.

Frost your cake and rim with coconut and enjoy with a nice cup of (malibu spiked) coffee or tea!

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Crescent Vendetta by Desiree L. Scott Review

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Title- Crescent Vendetta

Author-Desiree L. Scott

synopsis

In her life there is one rule: survive. Kidnapped and forced into an underground fighting ring, Vanessa Burns knows each day could be her last. A win and she wakes up tomorrow. A loss and they toss her out with those she’s defeated. Escape is futile; she’d tried and failed. Multiple times. And as she’s forced to live in her shifted form, she’s utterly powerless. So, her life has been dwindled down to one option. And she carries it out to the fullest of her abilities.

Then, another shifter is brought in. Travis Kameron, an Alpha, proves to be a formidable enemy. She knows the day is coming — when she and the Alpha are pitted against each other. And she knows she won’t win. The deadly encounter results in a bloody promise, and Vanessa must choose what is more important to her: fulfilling her vendetta against her greatest enemy, or obtaining the one thing she wants most in her life.

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Reviewed by Kitty Grimm

As soon as I started reading this story, my interest was initiated because it was so different and unique!

Vanessa Burns was kidnapped while running in her shifted wolf form and soon she is faced with having to literally fight for her life in an illegal fighting ring. The loser doesn’t walk away losing means they lose their life. After some time she meets Travis Kameron, an Alpha from a rival pack he has also been kidnapped.

Travis is intrigued by Vanessa and feels a pull towards her. Taken aback by his interest Vanessa tries to fight off the feelings brewing for the alpha wolf she knows she will soon have to face in the ring. She knows it is her only hope of surviving,

The story was extremely is so intriguing from the very first page to the last, it wasn’t too short as some other stories with wolves as main characters. I really enjoyed the fact that the most of the story was from the view point of their shifted forms. I looked forward for the next installment and watching the story grow.  The characters were well written, especially Vanessa, who was the heroine in this story. There were twists and surprises, that made this story so much interesting to read.

Rating- 5 out of 5 Cupcakes!